Alright kids, so at some point I’ll post my opinions about actual shows but one of my equally favorite things is getting to read recaps. I love the opportunity to engage with other fans about a show and talk about things we love. One thing I’ll suggest to anyone looking for recappers is to stay away (most of the time, there are always exceptions) from paid recaps. I find that there’s just not much opinion given in a lot of these recaps but worse you’re practically guaranteed to be surrounded by trolls in the comments. If you do want to engage in a dialogue with a recapper who gets paid to recap, try doing it on twitter. You’ll keep your sanity.
That aside, here are some of my suggestions for recaps and discussion opportunities. Also note that these are my favorites. There are other great recappers out there, these are just the ones I focus on.
Vampire Diaries: Obviously one of my favorite shows so I read more recaps.
Both Erin (http://www.winestainedlife.com) and Iphignia (http://www.iphignia939.dreamwidth.org) are excellent choices for reaction recaps. Both tend to give a minute by minute reaction which I love because I can then see if other people thought the same things I did. Twitter moves so fast during the show that I miss that sometimes. I’ve always loved Sarah’s (http://www.offcolortv.com) recaps but she’s taking a break this year and brought in @TikisGrandad to do recaps. The first one was utterly hysterical so I encourage you to add it to your must reads. As for introspective recaps (or ones that love to theorize and make me reconsider my own theories), Crissy (http://www.vampire-diaries.net), Lucia (http://www.heroinetv.com) and Cindy (http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com) are excellent choices.
Arrow: I’ll have a lot to say about this show down the road and may do the occasional recap-lite myself on this blog but for now, it’s a must that you read Erin (http://www.offcolortv.com)’s recaps. For starters, she’s got the opportunity to share with us some fun and unknown facts from the set but her first recap was pretty sweet as well.
Supernatural: I don’t watch Supernatural (yet) but my good friend Erin has just started recapping the show at The Televixen (http://www.thetelevixen.com) so be sure to check hers out.
As to specific recappers or recap sites, I’ve got three that I think do a solid job overall. Alan Sepinwall over at hitfix.com recaps-ish a lot of my favorite comedies and he’s got a great community of commenters that help catch pop culture references or soundtrack info.
The AV Club is interestingly enough a site where I half the time disagree with the recappers but I think they are by and large an intelligent bunch who make me think from different perspectives. Plus the comments are smart and insightful, always a plus.
My number one favorite recap site however is OffColorTV. (http://www.offcolortv.com). You’ve got a great group of recappers, all people who genuinely love their shows or love a lot about them (hey some shows suck but still gotta be recapped) and who aren’t shy about sharing an opinion. But the best thing about OffColorTV is the community. Even if you don’t like a recap style, you can usually get a good discussion going in the comments and there are rarely trolls hanging around. (If they do show up, they get shut down pretty fast too). In this day of people spouting off crap under cover of online anonymity, it’s nice to find a group of people who just love to talk about TV.
And of course if you ever want to know my opinions, feel free to talk to me on twitter (@onlymystory) or tumblr (Onlymystories.tumblr.com). I’ve never been shy about sharing and I don’t plan to start now.
Update: I knew I’d be dumb enough to miss one. You absolutely have to read Thomas Galvin’s Vampire Diaries recaps (http://www.thomas-galvin.com).